I can't wait, one more week and me and the hubby will be off to the east coast for a much needed vacation. I think its been about 2 years since we've been on a vacation. Our last one was in 2011 after we came back from a 8 month deployment in Iraq.
In the military we earn 30 days of leave a year and when you dont use that leave up they just roll over to the next year. Basically we earn about 2.5 days of leave every month.
Some people dont normally have issues with taking leave from their work centers. But then if you are one of those unlucky people who have jobs where its very hard to coordinate leave, you can end up not taking leave for several years and have about 70-80 in the books to use. But it doesn't help to save that much leave because you are only authorized to use 30 days at anyone given time, you can never go over 30 days without commander approval. When I was a mechanic it was extremely hard to take leave beause of low manning and workload so I only took a vacation about every other year. My new job as a paralegal is pretty much the same, only because we dont have many people in the office and we can get pretty busy with court-martials. Im fortunate enough that I was able to coordinate some leave for about 3 weeks and now we are off to a family reunion in New York plus a Dave Matthews concert in Hersey PA! Plus I'm pretty excited to go back to the states and shop.
These cookies were a big hit at work the combination of chocolate and coconut combined within a oatmeal cookie seemed like the perfect match. Plus it helps when you just overload the batter with chocolate chips so every cookie and every bite took you got come chocolate chips and coconut.
Coconut & Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Adapted from the Messy Baker
Yields: 25-30 cookies depending on size
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temp
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups old fashinoned rolled oats
3/4 cup chocolate chips (your favorited kind)
3/4 cup sweetened coconut flakes
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk togehter the flour, baking soda, salt and oats, set aside.
3. In a electric mixer on medium speed, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy about 3 minutes, add in the eggs and vanilla extract until completely combined.
4. Switch the mixer to low speed and gradually add in the flour mixture until combined, making sure the scrape down the sides of the bowl to incorportate everything together.
5. Fold in the chocolate chips and coconut into the batter and depending on how big you want to make your cookies roll a 1 to 2 inch ball together slightly flatting it and place it on the parchment paper 2 inch apart from each other Bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Remove cookies from oven and cool on a wire rack. Enjoy with a giant glass of milk!
*This cookie dough can be made ahead and kept in the fridge up to 5 days in an air tight container.